Castle and the princess

Once upon a time in a small town called Beočin (Serbia) was a fairy tale castle which today is no more than empty shell outgrown in vegetation, real post apocalyptic sight.
It was built in 1898. for Spitzer family,work of famous Hungarian architect Imre Štajndl in mysterious neo-gothic style. This castle had a turbulent history and it changed many owners and purposes, from family estate to a restaurant. This is a location that drives your imagination and that little adventurer which lives in everyone, we had to visit it and to share our impressions with you.
In nearby thorny bush we found a opening in a fence and we squeezed through, it was eerie calm and quiet, real ghost castle.
Everything is destroyed, walls covered in graffiti, broken windows, doors knocked out and only some leftovers from original paint on walls and ceiling and few preserved ornaments.
In main room whole roof lies on the floor – scene from Alice in wonderland, with sun rays bursting thru stained glass making a mystic atmosphere.
Although this castle had seen better days, somewhere between ruins lies diamond in rough waiting to shine.
There were numerous initiatives for reconstruction of this castle but not so much has ever been done, I hope that this will change during this year to help protect this monument from oblivion.

Like every castle from fairy tale, this one had a princess too, I wonder how it was for little Flora Spitzer as a child while she vivaciously roamed those corridors?!

Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.

– Haruki Murakami

U malom gradu Beočinu se u prošlosti nalazio dvorac iz bajke od koga je danas ostala samo prazna ljuštura zarasla u vegetaciju, pravi post apokaliptični prizor. Sagraden je davne 1898. godine za porodicu Špicer, delo poznatog Mađarskog arhitekte Imre Štajndl-a u misterioznom neo-gotskom stilu. Dvorac je imao burnu istoriju i mnoge vlasnike i namene, od porodičnog imanja do restorana. Ovo je lokacija koja budi maštu i onog uspavanog avanturistu koji živi u svakome od nas, morali smo da je posetimo i da vam iz prve ruke prenesemo naše utiske.
U obližnjem trnovitom žbunju nalazimo rupu u ogradi i provlačimo se unutra, jezivo je mirno i tiho, pravi dvorac duhova.
Sve je uništeno, grafiti po zidovima, prozori razbijeni i sva vrata izvaljena a tek ponegde ostaci boje na zidovima i plafonima i po neki sačuvan ornament.
U glavnoj prostoriji krov leži na podu – scena iz Alise u zemlji čuda, dok se kroz delove vitraža probijaju zraci sunca i prave mističnu atmosferu.
Iako je dvorac video bolje dane, negde između ruševina se nazire nebrušeni dijamant koji čeka da zasija punim sjajem.
Postojale su brojne inicijative za rekonstrukciju ovog dvorca ali do sada nije mnogo toga urađeno, nadam se da će se to ove godine promeniti da bi se ovaj spomenik prošlosti sačuvao od zaborava.

Kao i svaki pravi dvorac iz bajke i ovaj je imao svoju princezu, kako li je samo bilo maloj Flori Spitzer dok je kao dete bezbrižno lutala širokim hodnicima?!




















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  1. Divan tekst i fotografije….Ja obožavam dvorce i stare građevine i toliko mi je teško kad videm da su postali ruševine i da do tog kulturnog nasljeđa uopšte ne držimo nimalo. Iskreno se nadam da će se podići ta svijest i da će svim ovim ruševinama biti vraćen stari sjaj.

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  2. It saddens me the fact this wonderful place hasn’t received the proper care! I hope your wonderful picture will earn awareness and perhaps the governess will do something about it. Such beautiful architecture Maja, look at that floor, it will take a huge amount of money to restore it to its initial state. I was visiting a castle yesterday with my mother, completely destroyed during WWII, the German goverment started a lotto and the restoration was founded from a part of winner’s money. A very smart idea don’t you think?:)

    Have a great start into the new week sweetie and thank you for sharing with us these wonderful pictures.
    Love from


    • I couldn’t agree more, there are so many beautiful but neglected places.
      Good news is that there is finally a initiative to really rebuild the whole castle (1.5 Mil.Eur.) so i really hope that in a few year time I will take pictures of a restored. This caste survived WWII because it was a German command in that time, and as far as “lotto” goes that was a wonderful idea!!!

      Thank you for your sincere comment 🙂


  3. Predivan je dvorac. Dusu dao za fotkanje. Mi smo tu imali wedding photo shoot, pre 3 godine. Bio je mnogo manje oronuo i sigurniji 🙂

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  4. I explored a few old castle ruins in Spain many decades ago. It is an experience everyone should have. Your images are stunning and bring back memories for me – well done! 🙂

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  5. Breathtaking photos as always. Love your work!

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  6. Slike su zaista inspirativne,odavrali ste zaista neobicnu i zanimljivu lokaciju!
    Svaka cast za kreativnost! 🙂

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  7. What a magical place and photos my dear Maja! This place looks like it came out from a fairytale and so do you! I love places with such history written allover every single detail! This dress speaks volumes about your class and sense of style! Really amazing post!
    Happy Monday my gorgeous friend!


  8. Jedno od boljih mesta za photo shoot u Vojvodini 🙂


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